Seven summer 2013 albums to look out for

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Summer starts Friday, and one of my favorite parts of the season (aside from beaches and warm weather) is the album and concert boom. Lots of artists go on tour over the summer, and to prep for those tours, they usually release a new album. Hot off the heels of Kanye's "Yeezus" (which came out yesterday!), here are seven albums to get hyped for, as well as the artist's latest single and tour info.

Jay Z

The album: Magna Carter Holy Grail

Release date: July 4

Why it could be good: His album title promises something great, and Jay-Z tends to deliver. Although there hasn't been an official single, info about the album has leaked, and the producer list is a great one: Jahlil Beats, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Rick Rubin, Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, The-Dream, J. Cole, and Just Blaze are among them.

The tour: Find tickets to Jay-Z with Justin Timberlake on the Legends Of The Summer tour.



Cyndi Lauper announced today that she'll be going on tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of her first album, She's So Unusual. The tour, which will go by the same name, kicks off in San Diego, CA, and wraps up in Mashantucket, CT. The 23-date tour begins in June and ends in July.

According to USA Today, Cyndi Lauper will be performing her debut album in its entirety — that includes songs like "She Bop," "Time After Time," and "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." I'm not saying I helped influence her decision, but she was probably so moved by my post last week celebrating three of her greatest songs that she was all, "Man, I should tour again."


A little under two years ago I wrote a post discussing five bands that should reunite and go on tour again. Well, with plenty of rumors in the air about acts that might reunite and go on tour in the next year or two, I thought it was time to consider a few more bands that should get back to the stage.

'N Sync

Why They Should Do It: Rather than tell you, I'll show you:

Blog visits since by pageviews since 4/1/2012

This graph represents the percentage of pageviews generated by our biggest blog posts since we pulled that trick last April Fools Day about 'N Sync returning. As you can see, that post is the most visited one out of any other. It's quite clear that fans are still running high on hopes of their return, so why not give it a go?

Why It Could Happen But Probably Won't: New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men, Destiny's Child (briefly). Need I say more? Although there isn't any chatter from 'N Sync land on a possible reunion, now is definitely the time to do it if they want to get in on the action while people are still receptive to the idea. However, any tour may have to be without Justin Timberlake, who has taken great pains over the last decade to get away from that type of music. That alone could sink the idea, given his relative success compared to everybody else who was in the band.


Beyonce announces The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour

When she's not performing a show so powerful that it causes a surge somewhere in the New Orleans Superdome, she's announcing a tour. Okay, the power outage wasn't her fault, but she is announcing a tour. Well, sort of, because she was scooped on the whole thing a day ahead of time. But, in any case, a tour is coming.

The U.S. leg of The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour will see Beyonce tour the region for the first time in four years, the last being during the "I Am... Tour" in 2009. On the 22-date run, Beyonce will perform from coast to coast and north to south. Before the U.S. run, Beyonce will tour Europe.

While it seems as though the rumored reunion of Destiny's Child will not come to pass, that doesn't mean we won't see special guests on this tour. Perhaps a few well-timed appearances by Mr. Carter, Jay-Z, himself? Notably, the last show of the leg is being hosted in Brooklyn, Jay-Z's hometown, so we shall see.

The U.S. dates are below. Click here to find an event and place an order for tickets.


Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball tour comes to North America

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After touring around the world for nearly a year and a half, Lady Gaga is coming back to North America and bringing the Born This Way Ball tour with her. The first U.S. concert will be on January 14, 2013, in Tacoma, WA, and the final date will be on March 16, 2013, in Miami, FL.

Gaga has been on tour since the release of her second studio album, Born This Way, in May 2011. Her next album, Artpop, is slated to be released in early 2013.